Happy Monday loves. I wanted to do a quick recap of my Halloween, and hopefully hear about the stylish way you ghouled it up this year. So wearing my hair in a mega puff always made me feel a little Peebles Flintstone. So that’s who I decided to be this year.
My amazing sister made the bones out of felt and the rest was from closet. Homemade costumes are the best.
My super creative friend pulled this lovely together in one day!
She was a Starbucks Caramel Frappe! Down to every detail, her and my sister put this together in no time. Store bought costumes may seem easy but with a great idea you can have something unique in no time (and for no money). She used a brown dress, laminated paper, a paper towel roll and tulle from a craft closet. Everything she already had around her house.
What were you this Halloween weekend? Leave a comment, or better yet email me a picture! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am going to take a mini break this week-i hate to be away from you guys but there is lots going on. Have a great week!
I had the opportunity to be part of an amazing launch party fashion show for local Pittsburgh designer, Jazmeen, last night. Some Anything but Style Vintage pieces were seen on the runway and new vintage was available to purchase after the show. It was a great show and I had a super good time watching, selling and mingling with the well dressed guests. I was backstage helping with the model prep and setting up my table afterwards but I did get some pictures of the DIY vintage outfit I wore last night.
Miss Selfridge lace back dress: gifted (and pinned to be a high-low peplum top) | XOXO leopard pencil skirt: thrifted | Charlotte Russe peep-toe pumps: Charlotte Russe
You should know by now how much I love a good high-low hem. I just pinned the bottom of this short dress into my waistline and ironed a crease to give it a finished look. Three of my fave trends rolled in to one perfect outfit for the night.
And here are some of the ABS Vintage pieces rocking the runway:
Classiques silk tank | Enamel Earrings
Velvet Blazer: Sold | Escort Butterscoth Weekend Bag
A number of the models were wearing ABS Vintage earrings last night. It was such an exciting night and I hope ABS Vintage and Jazmeen can team up again soon!
Gentleman, I am uploading some new vintage for you tonight. So check back!
Have a perfect Monday,
I signed up for Pintrest months and months ago. Since then, I have pinned exactly five pictures. I want to get in to it, I really do – just feel like the possibilities for being distracted by it are endless. Even though I don’t use my pintrest too often, I do pay attention to what other people are pinning. I have been thinking about making some Anything but Style t-shirts for an upcoming event, and pintrest gave me tons of tutorial ideas to choose from. The pintrest search then gave way to a youtube search…so here are some very cool tshirt tutorials:
Dana Made It: DIY Freezer Paper Stencils — (looks just like screenprinting!)
Sweet Verbana: DIY Tribal Print
The Vintage Fashion Blog: DIY Patch Pocket Tee
The Fabulosity Factor: DIY Bleach Pen Tee
I am so in love with this last bleach pen tee - think I’m going to use this for my Anything but Style tshirt. What better way to breathe some new life in to the plain tees piling up in your drawers. And gentleman, even tho these tutorials are done on ladies tees these are perfect for you too. This was a Manly Monday post, just not many men posting DIYs online.
And what better to pair with cool tees than fly 80s sunglasses…I just uploaded a bunch of awesome frames to the store. Take a look!
Eight days after the official start of summer, I realized that I haven’t started any summer essential rants yet. It’s 1,000 degrees in Pittsburgh already today, so knowing how to dress cute without melting was top on my list this morning. First on my summer must-haves are cut out mini dresses. And I don’t mean cut outs a la Julia Roberts in Pretty Women – I mean subtle cut outs that show a little skin. Here are some examples:
ASOS is the winner with cut out mini dresses for me (all three from them), but the prices are not at all what I like to see. Also, lots of their back cut outs will show the whole back – which is super sexy, but a little unrealistic for some of us who have been blessed in the front. This is why I am in love with the smaller cut outs that still allow you to rock your bra of choice while taking advantage of the trend. I found some adorable DIYs for cut outs. With these tutorials you can turn that thrifted plan dress in to the perfect summer essential.
a pair and a spare: DIY Cut Out Mini Dress
The Pineneedle Collection: DIY Cut Out Dress
Make these tutorials your own. Put the cut outs where you want, and as big or small as you feel comfortable with. That’s the perfect part about DIYs, you can tailor it just for you.
And loves, I have a living room full of new goodies for the store but I have a product limit and can’t upload new pics until some stuff sells. So buy away! I promise I have new skirts, jewelry and tops waiting for you.
Have a great weekend
Once again I have collected a hodge podge of things I have been meaning to share with you lovelies. Here they go!
The past few days I have been in a really DIY mood, but more like” on the fly with safety pins-yourself”. Below are two quick projects I’ve altered to fit what I needed.
This is one of my favorite thrifted maxi skirts from Salvation Army. I posted a picture of me wearing it long on Instagram a few weeks ago. But last Saturday it was super hot and I really wanted a flirty short skirt. I took the bottom hem, and 6 safety pins, and pinned the bottom into the waistband. I pinned in the front, back, both sides and a few hanging places to get an even hem. Added my favorite thrift belt and my ”Luv Thyself” tee – and viola.
Here is an adorable chain link choker that I found at a yard sale a few weekends ago. I am really not a fan of chokers or super short necklaces. So I found an old cuff bracelet and attached each side to the clasps of the necklace. This gave me just the right amount of extra length to make it perfect.
Fashion Family Tree:
My mommy sent me these amazing photos of my maternal grandparents, who were fabulous dressers. I love looking at pictures of my family and seeing how I have been influenced by people I haven’t even met.
Isn’t my grandma so gorgeous?! She modeled back in the 1950s.
I just really loved how my hair acted today. I retwist my hair every night and normally use water and olive oil or shea butter to seal it in. Last night, I just used water and it turned out great. Wanted to share
Alright darlings, enjoy your Wednesday!
I always find things and think “ooo I need to share this on the blog”. Then I have another fashion epiphany and decide to post about that instead. So this post I’m going to share the things I keep forgetting to share about my favorite things – thrifting, DIYs and sales. Here we go!
Latest thrifting brags:
American Rag lace party dress
Jacqueline Ferrar burgundy bag
The Style Safari – Tropical Floral Tee DIY
Sweet Verbena - Watermark Tee DIY
Urban Outfitters – Summer Steals and Great Sale Section
Loft – Everything Under the Sun $29 and under
Alright lovies, that’s all I have for you for now. I’m going to take a little break for the Memorial Day holiday. I’m going to visit friends for the weekend, so I’ll be back next Wednesday with a new post. AND I just looked, June 14th was my very first post here on Anything but style – which means we are quickly coming up on our first birthday! Time has flown and I have loved every minute of it. So thankful that you all are still around listening to me Many more to come!
Have a great Wednesday and amazing holiday weekend,
My fortune – could it be more perfect?
I have fallen so in love with Instagram. It’s such a creative way to share what’s going on in your life with few to no words. I am FashionablyTardy on instagram, so give me a follow! For those of you who aren’t on instagram, I wanted to share some pictures I’ve uploaded lately from my weekend:
Outfit of the day: Pale pink skinnies, Chambray button down and camel loafers
Two-tones beauties I found at Target for $8.98
DIY project – still in progress here
DIY project – turned a frumpy knee-length dress in to a high-low hem top
Saturday (Preppy) Thrifting: AE bag and Charter Club belt
Thrifted two-tone silk button down – thinking about turning it into a collared sleeveless
Sunday with my mommy. Happy Mother’s Day!
What did you do this weekend? — Any pictures or stories to share? Let us hear them!
Have a great Monday
Hey all! You know how obsessed I am with do-it-yourself projects. I have been saving up some of my favorites and think I may use this weekend to try one or two out. I’m going to share them with you and maybe you can give them a try too – and send me pictures of the final lovelies, of course
Wrap Maxi Dress – A Pair & A Spare
High-low hem skirt – A Pair & A Spare
I did my own version of the high-low hem diy with one of my favorite black maxi skirts. I love it long too though so I didn’t want to cut it. I instead just safety pinned the front bottom hem in to the top of the waistband. I ironed the new hem in the front and ironed down the extra fabric in the back. When I wore it, I added a belt to cover the pins – and voila!
I liked the volume that leaving the extra fabric gave to my skirt. But if you are a little better at committing, I think the above DIY would be perfect too. And here is the DIY I think I may try this weekend:
Cat Eye Sunnies – P.S. – I made this…
It’s supposed to be very sunny where I am this weekend – so some vintage inspired cat eye sunglasses will be right on time.
Have a great weekend (and a fun Cinco de Mayo!)
I had a thrifting post for you all this morning but WordPress was not letting me upload any of my pictures So I’m going to try to work on the problem and give you a tumblin’ trend for your Monday morning instead. Hopefully I can get everything up and running and show you some thrifting goodies for next post. So this is a trend that I am a fan of when it’s done in moderation. Cut outs have been sexy since we were babies, and like all good (and bad) fashion trends they have made their way back around. We are used to seeing the cut out sides and sometimes a little peek a boo in the middle, or the daring cut out shoulders. But my new favorite cut out trend is the cut out back. Just enough sexy without going overboard.
And instead of finding you an expensive retail version I found a DIY cut out back button down step-by-step which is adorable. From the beautiful Geneva over at a pair & a spare:
Cut out back DIY
This is definitely on my DIY list – I’ve been going crazy replacing buttons to make my old pieces look good as new. It’s called “upcycling” people, your trash could be your treasure too.
What do you think about this cut out back trend? Sexy? Or looks like you lost in a street fight?
Have a great day!
Half the fabric – all the style,
In these recession influenced times that it seems we’ll be living in for a while, people are becoming way more resourceful with what they have. Some of our most beloved fashion trends were birthed out of necessity. The synthetic fabrics that give us tights, adds stretch to our jeans and flowing materials were creations of the Great Depression. In times of deficit, the mind thinks of ways to make something great out of nothing. Well I am so in love with all of the Do It Yourself fashion sites that are popping up across the web. The best part is that you rarely need anything but fabric glue or hem tape to make great pieces. And as someone who doesn’t even draw stick figures that well, you don’t have to be super artsy to get these things right. When you’re spending dollars at thrift stores (which you all should be doing) it’s priceless to turn those finds in to even better finds. There are tons of sites but here are some of my super faves:
a pair & a spare
And check these out…
PS – I made this…
Studs and Pearls
And I found one for men! A little less fashion specific, but some great ideas.
Man Made DIY
Good ole’ Google will also give you tons more when you search for “DIY fashion”. I predict that my apt will be covered with glitter and sweater scraps by the end of the week. I’m going to try out some of my faves and report back. You do the same and tell me all about it!
Everyone have a great Monday!
Fashion at the tips of your fingers,